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Phillies special 'Players Weekend' uniforms feature dope hat, lackluster jersey

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Phillies special 'Players Weekend' uniforms feature dope hat, lackluster jersey

When the Phillies play the Cubs at Citizen’s Bank Park August 25-27, both teams are going to look very different.

In a joint venture by the MLB and the MLBPA, the first “Players Weekend” has been announced, giving players a vastly different look and the ability to use nicknames on the backs of their jerseys.

First, the look.

More reserved than some of the other MLB teams, the Phillies will be in these home white jerseys with a large Phillies 'P', while the Cubs will sport a two-toned blue with a large Cubs logo.

The hat is a bit more of a deviation from the normal look.

The hat the Phillies will wear for Players Weekend is red with a baby blue Liberty Bell, which will likely be a big hit at the team store that weekend.

Here’s how all 32 teams will look in their new uniforms.

Finally, perhaps the biggest change of the weekend is that players will be able to wear nicknames across the back of their jerseys. Diego Ettedgui Lacau, communications representative and Spanish interpreter for the Phillies provided this sneak peek at the names the Phillies picked to appear on the backs of their jerseys.

Some players, Nola and Nava, chose to keep things classic with their last name, but others, really got creative with their names. Aaron Altherr appears to pay homage to the famous Key & Peele Substitute Teacher skit with A-Aron, Nick Williams will be known as Nicky Dubs and Ricardo Pinto shall be known as Pinto Bean. Others like Odubel Herrera, Andres Blanco and Tommy Joseph chose names we are familiar with as they went with Torito, Whitey and Tojo.

Players will also be able to customize their cleats and bats throughout the weekend, so there’s sure to be a lot of interesting looks out on Major League diamonds that weekend.

NFL Referees Association: Pete Morelli criticisms are clickbait

NFL Referees Association: Pete Morelli criticisms are clickbait

The NFL Referees Association responded to criticisms of Pete Morelli and his officiating crew, and in doing so, suggested Eagles fans and impartial members of the media have no idea what they are talking about.

Morelli has come under fire over the seemingly lopsided officiating during the Eagles' 28-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Week 6. The Eagles were penalized 10 times for 126 yards in the contest, while the Panthers drew only one flag for one yard, despite the appearance of committing many of the same infractions.

Since that game, a change.org petition moving to ban Morelli from working Eagles games in the future is approaching its goal of 75,000 signatures. Research also shows Morelli's crew has been calling penalties against the Eagles in disproportionate numbers for awhile now. In the last four games with Morelli, the Eagles were flagged 40 times for 396 yards, compared to just eight penalties for 74 yards against opponents.

Almost everybody seemed to be in agreement that the officiating was at the very least poor in the Eagles-Panthers game, if not biased. Everybody, that is, except NFLRA executive director Scott Green, who released a statement on Thursday.

Via ProFootballTalk:

“Claims like these demonstrate a fundamental lack of knowledge about NFL officiating,” Green said. “NFL officials are graded on every call made in every game. Missing a single one can hurt his or her ranking and may be the difference between working in the postseason or not. These recent attempts to sensationalize statistics and create clickbait headlines lack important context. Without the proper perspective, the information being pushed is completely misguided. The passion of NFL fans and teams are a big part of what makes the game so great. However, it’s no excuse for the irresponsible and baseless claims we’ve seen lately. NFL officials are committed to upholding the integrity of the game and do so every week.”

Lack of knowledge. Completely misguided. Irresponsible and baseless. You would expect the NFLRA to come to the defense of Morelli -- it's literally their job -- but insulting the consumers' intelligence along the way probably isn't the best way to go about it.

Is there anything sinister about Morelli's and his crew's officiating? Maybe not, but it doesn't take somebody who's gone through the NFL's (presumably) rigorous Officiating Development Program to watch two nearly identical plays called differently for two different teams within three hours of each other. Innocent mistakes or not, that's what appeared to happen on multiple occasions throughout the Eagles-Panthers game.

Instead of releasing overly defensive statements, perhaps the NFLRA should show video evidence why the calls against the Eagles were correct, and the eerily similar non-calls that went in the Panthers' favor were not. Because this responding to criticism with more criticism isn't changing any minds.

A surprising Eagle keeps getting drug tested

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A surprising Eagle keeps getting drug tested

Jake Elliott has been a revelation for the Philadelphia Eagles after Caleb Sturgis went down with an injury early in the season.

But has he been too good ...

The rook has made 12 of his 14 attempts for the Birds this season.

If you're looking for a good laugh today, go check out this reddit thread that starts with a photo from Elliott's Instagram story in which he points out he got flagged for his third drug test in two weeks!

The comment section is as good as a Jake Elliott 61 yarder.

"Well, he does bleed green...," abenyishay says..

"Is kickers doping really a thing?" ChaosFinalForm wonders, as do we.

What do you think? Just the way the random drug draw fell the last few weeks, or does the NFL think Jake Elliott is into something?